The law is very clear: you must not use a cell phone or other portable electronic device while driving, unless it is a hands-free device. Failure to abide by this rule is an offence subject to a fine, demerit points and, in the case of a repeat offence, an immediate suspension of the driver’s licence.
“Every driver of a road vehicle is prohibited from using a cell phone or any other portable electronic device designed to send or receive information or to be used for entertainment purposes, and from using a display screen. […] The driver of a road vehicle who is holding a portable electronic device in hand or in any other manner is presumed to be using the device.”
“The driver who consults the information displayed on a display screen, including that of a portable electronic device, or activates a screen function must respect all of the following conditions:”
Simply holding a portable electronic device in your hand or in any other manner (for example, between your shoulder and chin) while driving a road vehicle, for any reason, is illegal.
This prohibition does not apply to a driver whose vehicle is parked in a safe and legal place.
As soon as you are at the wheel of a road vehicle in a traffic lane, you are driving. Even when you are stopped at a red light or stuck in traffic, you are driving!
Simply put, when you are driving, you cannot use your cell phone or any other electronic device to…
The same rule applies to…
The prohibition from holding a hand-held device that includes a telephone function does not apply:
Using a cell phone or another portable electronic device, or consulting a display screen without complying with the rules for its installation and use, or handling it in any way, while driving, automatically leads to:
Earphones or headphones
The law allows only drivers of road vehicles to wear a headphone or earphone in only one ear, in order for the driver to hear the sounds of the surrounding environment. It is strictly prohibited to wear headphones or earphones in both ears.